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Hyena – African and Asian carnivore

Hyena - African and Asian carnivores

Hyena – African and Asian carnivores


Hyenas are mammals of Africa and Asia. Hyenas are gray, brown, or yellowish. Some have stripes or spots. There are three species of hyena: spotted, striped, and brown. The spotted hyena is known for its hunting cry, which sounds like human laughter. It is also the largest species. Female spotted hyenas are larger than males and measure about 1.8 meters long and weigh 80 kilograms.
Hyenas have strong jaws and teeth that are strong enough to crush bones. The neck of the hyena is rather elongate, and the hind legs are somewhat smaller and lower than the forelegs.
Hyenas live on dry grasslands with few trees. They find shelter in caves or empty burrows and are active at night. They live alone or in packs. Spotted hyenas may form packs of 80 or more animals.
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Carp – Fishy Survivor

Carp - Fishy Survivor

Carp – Fishy Survivor

Carp is the name of several fish in the carp family. One of the best-known carp is the common carp. The common carp is a fish that lives along the muddy bottoms of ponds, lakes, and rivers. It swallows plants, insects and fish eggs. It was first found in Asia but was later taken into Europe and North America. Sometimes carp can live 100 years and grow to weigh 35 kilograms or more. Goldfish and minnows also belong to the carp family.
The carp has a blunt nose and a small thick-lipped mouth. Most types of carp have feelers, called barbels, at the corners of the mouth. The barbels help the carp find food in dark, muddy water. Their food is mostly obtained by probing in the bottom mud of their aquatic habitat.
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Irbis – Snow leopard

Irbis - Snow leopard

Irbis – Snow leopard


The snow leopard, also known as the ounce, or irbis, is a large cat. The snow leopard habitats are located in the territory of many Central Asian states. These are Afghanistan and India, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the southern Siberian territories of Russia. It would seem that the area is large enough, but their number decreases every year.
Beautiful thick, fluffy and soft fur serves as an excellent protection against cold. The color of the snow leopard is gray with a smoky touch, sometimes almost white. On the whole body there are black large annular and small continuous spots. In summer, the color is lighter than in winter. Thanks to their fur, snow leopards are perfectly adapted to those harsh conditions in which they live.
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Pigs – Smarties with Dirty Faces

Pigs - Smarties with Dirty Faces

Pigs – Smarties with Dirty Faces


Pigs are among the smartest of all domestic animals. The world’s largest population of domestic pigs is in China. The second largest population of domestic pigs is in the United States, and the third largest is found in Brazil.
Wild pigs live in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The pygmy hog is the smallest of the wild pigs. The warty pig and the bearded pig live in parts of Southeast Asia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Both male and female wild pigs have tusks on their snouts.
A pig has a bulky body with short legs. They range in length from about 0.6 to 2.1 meters long. Domestic pigs can weigh as much as 320 kilograms. The skin of pigs is thick and tough, and it may be sparsely or thickly haired, depending on species.
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Kingfisher – bright bird

Kingfisher - bright bird

Kingfisher – bright bird


The birds known as kingfishers are found all over the world, but most kinds live in tropical areas. Many kingfishers are brightly colored. There are about 90 kinds of kingfisher throughout the world. All are famous for their swift dives. Many kingfishers have crests on their large heads. Their bills are long and heavy and help to catch fish as they swoop into the water.
Kingfishers are about 10 to 46 centimeters long. Their feathers come in many colors. Many kingfishers have blue feathers on their back and reddish or white feathers on their belly. Kingfishers are also known for chasing and attacking each other in the air.
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Mole – great digger

Mole – great digger

Mole – great digger


Moles are small burrowing mammals. There are more than 40 species, of mole. They can be found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Moles have wide, flat front feet with sharp claws which help them dig through soil.
Their bodies are cylindrical and they generally have short tails. They range in length from about 3 centimeters to almost 22.5 centimeters. An adult male weighs more than 100 g and adult females less than that. The head is flat and the nose is long and piglike. Their fur is very soft. Their eyes reveal only light and dark. Hairs on their noses and tails that are very sensitive. These help to guide them through the darkness.
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Peacock – Proud Bird

Peacock - Proud Bird

Peacock – Proud Bird


Peacocks live in the wild in Southeast Asia and belong to the pheasant family. Two important kinds of peacocks are the green peacock and the blue peacock. The green peacock is found from Myanmar to Java. The blue is found in India and Sri Lanka. They also can be seen in zoos around the world. Peacocks usually live in lowland forests. At night they sleep in trees.
A peacock’s feathers are brilliant shades of bronze, blue, green, and gold. At the tip of each tail feather is a big shiny spot ringed with blue and bronze that looks like an eye. The male’s body is about 90 to 130 centimeters long. Its tail is about 150 centimeters long. Peahens, female peacocks, do not have long tails. They are green and brown in color and almost as big as the males.
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